It’s easy to see that Malaysia is home to mesmerising beauty, rich history, and diverse cultures. From stunning architectural structures to lush green forests, it’s a tranquil sanctuary for travellers from around the world. Whether you’re seeking an adventure or looking for a sweet getaway, Malaysia makes for a great choice, as it’s rife with the calmness of nature for being one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet.

If you’re planning to visit Malaysia this year, we’ve compiled a list of the most relaxing places to spend your vacation. Scroll down to view our top, hand-picked destinations for 2023!

1. Sipadan Island, Sabah

Take a deep dive into one of the world’s best oceanic islands residing in Malaysia, with the largest concentration of sea turtles. In this diving heaven, you’ll find a bed of colourful reefs, unique species of micro fishes, and many underwater creatures.

Although this is Borneo’s most stunning island, new regulations have restricted the maximum dive limit for divers after the pandemic. Nevertheless, this place is worth an extra effort allowing travellers to take almost an hour boat journey away from Semporna to reach this beautiful resort island.

2. Belum Rainforest, Perak

The Belum Temengor is one of the oldest rainforests in the world at almost 30 million years old. This tropical paradise in Perak has remained untouched for a long time, making it one of the world’s largest mysteries with the potential to unlock different biological treasures.

Here, you’ll find unique flower species, including the elusive Rafflesia, different species of turtles, and large animals like rhinoceroses, elephants, and more. Additionally, you can explore both The Royal Belum and Lower Belum in a few days while staying in a beautiful resort near Temengorr lake. However, be mindful of the slippery paths caused by heavy rains if you’re visiting here for the first time.

3. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Now, we know that the towers are smack bang in the heart of the capital city, but hear us out. Kuala Lumpur (KL) can offer visitors a tranquil experience with a blend of modern architecture. An icon standing proud in the KL skyline, the Petronas Twin Towers feature twin structures with a Sky Bridge that connects them. In addition, this famous tourist spot has a magnificent art gallery, a massive aquarium, and a well-designed KLCC Park for your dose of nature. Furthermore, the ideal time for a romantic getaway here is at night, when you can explore or admire the breathtaking sight of the towers complementing the skyline.

4. Penang Hill, Penang

If you want to take a relaxing walk in Malaysia, hop on to the top of Penang Hill and discover beautiful panoramic views of the entire island. Once you’re here, you’ll observe one of the world’s steepest railway tunnels at about 258 feet. Along with this the stunning beauty of Penang’s rainforest will leave you captivated. So, whether you want to explore the place around sunset or during the night, don’t forget to take a stride at the Langur Way Canopy Walk.

5. The Edison George Town, Penang

Sometimes, you need a luxurious stay in a beautiful colonial mansion when at a place like George Town. This architectural masterpiece has a fascinating history dating to the Second World War. As a first-time visitor, you’ll experience vibrant spaces and accents that exude pure elegance and timeless beauty.

Some of our favourite hotel spots include the Edison Lounge, where you can just relax and enjoy complimentary snacks, or the architectural gem that is The Courtyard. Also, if you want a leisure dip or prefer stargazing, the Edison Pool is the perfect place and rarely ever crowded.

6. Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu

Lang Tengah, translated as ‘the eagle living in the middle,’ is a small island between the Redang and Perhentian tropical islands. The great thing about this island is that you’ll find no roads here, and the only way to travel is by boat.

Tourists visit Lang Tengah to enjoy diving trips, kayaking, and snorkelling while staying at the resort. Comparatively, this island is quieter than others and is the perfect destination for anyone needing a more secluded space.

7. Telaga Tujuh, Langkawi

Seven Wells Waterfall, or Telaga Tujuh, is about 20 minutes away from the renowned Langkawi Sky Bridge and stands as one of Langkawi island’s main attractions. The name stands correctly as it encompasses seven beautiful swimming pools open for public viewing. Apart from watching the stunning waterfall from the top area, you can also get an enthralling view of the natural pools of the Seven Wells. Then, from the north side of the Seven Wells, you can also visit the spectacular Temurum and Durian Perangin Waterfalls.

8. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah and known for its splendid surrounding mountainous landscape. An ideal vacation spot for tranquility seekers and adventure fanatics, it offers both ends of the spectrum.

The renowned Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang will reward you with refreshing mountain view where you can even spot Friesian cows. The area is even called the New Zealand of Malaysia for its picturesque rolling hills.

Then, adrenaline junkies can try their hand at summiting Malaysia’s highest peak (Mount Kinabalu) or spend their days on a Sabahan beach enjoying phenomenal sunset views while taking part in water sports.

Wrapping up — Time to book a flight to Malaysia!

If you haven’t considered Malaysia as your next travel destination, do it now! And while you’re at it, remember to visit these idyllic spots in Malaysia to cleanse your mind, body, and soul with some therapeutic and scenic views. For more travel updates within Malaysia, learn about recommendations from locals and hear about their experiences at Crowdsourced Explorer before planning your first trip.